Cala Gracio holidays 2019
Ibiza may be most famous as a party island, but it’s also got some beautiful, tranquil places to chill out and soak up the peace and quiet. In Cala Gracio, you’ll have the best of both worlds: this picturesque resort is relaxed and low-key, but a 15-minute stroll will bring you to the famous mega clubs and sunset-watching bars of San Antonio (Sant Antoni in Eivissenc, the local language). Cala Gracio boasts two pretty beaches, a stunning rocky coastline to explore with a snorkel, an aquarium built into the rocks, and a laid-back family-friendly vibe. Inland, there are rural towns to explore, and the gorgeous island capital, Ibiza Town, is just a 20-minute drive away.
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
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Cala Gracio enjoys a gorgeous setting on Ibiza’s rugged west coast – ideal for watching the famous sunsets. It’s a laid-back resort, which is particularly popular with families and couples, but it has all the fantastic amenities and world-famous nightlife of San Antonio right on the doorstep. There are two sandy beaches for you to soak up the sun, plenty of water sports (including snorkelling and scuba diving), plus a string of charming towns and villages to explore inland. You could spend the day in lovely Ibiza Town, the island’s enchanting capital, which is just 20 minutes away, or have a browse through the stalls at the famous ‘Hippy Market’ in San Antonio.
Cala Gracio has plenty of great places to eat and drink, including lots of family-friendly options. There are also some wonderful beach bars, where you can enjoy your food as you soak up the sea views. There is a dazzling array of cafés and restaurants in bustling San Antonio, just 2 kilometres away, which have an even wider choice of global cuisines on offer. You won’t want to miss out on local seafood specialities such as a succulent paella, or beautifully fresh fish straight off the grill, or perhaps some bullit de peix, a tasty fisherman’s stew. For picnics, grab some fresh crusty, bread, plump tomatoes (to rub on the bread, Ibizan-style), and some of the local cheeses and embutits (cured sausages).
Cala Gracio is a wonderful destination for sun, sea and sand holidays with the family. The main beach, set in a sheltered bay, will delight kids with its fine sand and shallow waters, and the sunbeds and parasols mean mums and dads can relax in comfort. Older children will enjoy snorkelling around the rocky coastline, or scampering about the rock pools, while teens will enjoy the huge range of water sports available in nearby San Antonio. San Antonio also has an inflatable water park in the sea, and you could also take an excursion in a glass-bottomed boat that to see the amazing underwater marvels. The colourful stalls of the ‘Hippy Market’ in San Antonio are also a big draw for families, as well as the little aquarium in Cala Gracio, which is built right into the rock.
Action & Adventure
Cala Gracio is small and peaceful, but you’ll find plenty to get the adrenaline pumping on this gorgeous stretch of coastline! San Antonio offers a dazzling range of water sports: wakeboarding, water-skiing, fly boarding and paddle boarding are just some of the options. There are also jet skis and motor boats for rent, along with kayaks if you want to explore the coast and discover some of the tiny, unspoilt coves, and numerous suppliers offer scuba diving excursions to some of the best diving sites on the island. Ibiza also boasts some superb hiking routes, including some coastal trails that link the gorgeous bays near Cala Gracio and San Antonio.
There are two beaches in Cala Gracio: the largest and most accessible is Cala Gracio itself (‘cala’ means ‘cove’), which is a pretty little curve of fine golden sand lapped by turquoise waters. Take a stroll around the craggy headland to reach Cala Gracioneta, smaller, and even more secluded. Both beaches offer sunbed and parasol rental, and even tiny Cala Gracio has a beach bar (which has jazz and chilled-out DJ sessions in the summer). This coastline is fantastic for exploring with a snorkel, and you’ll also find plenty of scuba diving companies based in nearby Sant Antonio. The beaches at Sant Antonio are longer (if busier) and feature every possible amenity, including a wealth of facilities for water sports.
Little Cala Gracio has a handful of relaxed and laid-back cafés and bars where you can kick back with a drink, watch the amazing sunsets and perhaps listen to some live music or DJ sessions. The party town of San Antonio is just 2 kilometres and offers some of the best nightlife not only in Ibiza, but in the whole Mediterranean. San Antonio’s mega clubs are among the biggest and best you’ll find anywhere, and attract a dazzling roster of world-class DJs ever summer. On top of that, the famous bars of the Sunset Strip are celebrated for their unforgettable sunset views.
Arranged around a charming little bay, Cala Gracio is a perfect holiday destination if you want to kick back in the sunshine with your partner. The beach at Cala Gracio is very pretty, with its fine sand and turquoise waters enclosed by rocky headlands, or you could head over to little Cala Gracioneta, which is secluded and intimate. There are wonderful cafés on both beaches, where you can chill out with a cocktail and soak up the beautiful views. If you’re looking for nightlife, then the world-famous clubs of San Antonio are just 2 kilometres away, as well as the deeply romantic bars of the Sunset Strip, where you can sip cocktails as the sun slips over the horizon.
A century-old windmill in the heart of San Antonio has been converted into a interesting cultural centre, which has art exhibitions and workshops. The whole town has been converted into an outdoor art gallery, with several amazing murals to discover along the streets. You could also make a visit to the historic lighthouse, now an interpretation centre, with exhibits dedicated to the region’s relationship with the sea. Most of the main cultural sights on Ibiza are concentrated in the island’s beautiful capital, Ibiza Town, which has a beautiful old quarter, the Dalt Vila, to discover, plus a clutch of fascinating museums, including the outstanding archaeological museum and a small but excellent collection of contemporary art.